Transgender advocates fear FL legislation could ban or restrict drag shows

Asian drag queen in spot lit stage performance at pub with audience in silhouette. Credit: Getty Images/Edwin Tan

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The longstanding LGBTQ+ tradition of drag shows, where performers dress in elaborate costumes that caricaturize or amplify gender performance to heightened levels for entertainment, may soon be under threat.

A piece of legislation entitled “Protection of Children” was filed Thursday by Florida Sen. Clay Yarborough, a Republican who represents Nassau County and part of Duval County.

The bill, HB 1438, states that public lodging or public food establishments could lose their licenses to operate if an establishment “admits

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